Keeping the pressure up

Luuc van Opzeeland and Emma Wilson continue to lead iQFOiL World Championships in Lanzarote for the third day in a row. Tomorrow will see a marathon and more Course Racing starting at 10:00 local time.

Five more races were contested for the fleet of more than 200 Olympic windsurfers from 43 countries who have been competing in Lanzarote since Monday for the iQFOiL world title. 

The fourth day began with a wind of between 14 and 15 knots from the East, which decreased below 10 at times. It proved shifty and tricky so the racers had to go carefully so as not to lose places. Britain’s Emma Wilson and Holland’s Luuc van Opzeeland remain at the top of the table for the third consecutive day.

Today was the first day of the Final Series with racing in gold and silver fleets. Tokyo bronze medallist Emma Wilson once again shows that she is on winning form and although she had one bad race – a 33rd, her discard -, in the rest she has maintained her advantage with two more race victories, a second and one eighth place. 

And so of the 15 races that the women's fleet has done so far, the British racer has won 11. With the place in Paris 2024 already secured, Wilson is pushing hard. “When you have her close you know it's going to be a good fight,” says the second placed Pilar Lamadrid.

The Spanish sailor improves one place on the day and moves up to second place with a very consistent day, 4-7-6-5 in the first four rounds.

It was also a good day for the Israeli Katy Spychakov, who moves up to third and takes the lead in her national selection chase for the Olympic Games.

In the men’s fleet Luuc van Opzeeland holds on to the regatta lead and started the day claiming a race win which he followed up with 8-2-(11)-9.

Most consistent today was Italian Nicolo Renna who moves up to second behind the Dutch leader. And now up in third is the Israeli Tom Reuveny, who is pressing for national selection for the Olympic Games to represent his country in Marseille this summer.

Tomorrow, decisive day to be in the Medal Series

Tomorrow, Friday, it will be decided which 10 windsurfers from the men's and women's fleet will access the exciting Medal Series on Saturday, the last day of the World Cup in which the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final Grand Final; the latter will be played with only three competitors in the line-up. 

One more day, the public will be able to see the fleet from the Marina Rubicón breakwater. And those who are not lucky enough to be in Lanzarote can follow the regatta via the Internet live on the YouTube channel of the iQFOiL class.

The Lanzarote International Regatta is organized by Marina Rubicón and has the collaboration of the Royal Canarian Sailing Federation, as well as the institutional support of the Tourism area of the Lanzarote Cabildo through the sports product European Sports Destination (managed by SPEL-Turismo Lanzarote), Promotur Turismo de Canarias, the Yaiza City Council and the private entities Dinghycoach, Naviera Armas and Cabrera Medina (Cicar). 

Provisional podiums – Day 4

iQFOiL Male

1. Luuc van Opzeeland (NED), 28 points
2. Nicolo Renna (ITA), 35 points
3. Tom Reuveny (ISR), 68.5 points
…up to 118 classifieds

iQFOiL Female

1. Emma Wilson (GBR), 20 points
2. Pilar Lamadrid (ESP), 40 points
3. Katy Spychakov (ISR), 58 points
… up to 94 classified

Day 1 draws a blank at the 2024 iQFOiL World Championships

The 212 Olympic windsurfers who have gathered in Lanzarote for the 2024 iQFOiL World Championships will have to wait until Tuesday for the first races. There was insufficient wind on Day 1 and the opening races are now programmed for tomorrow, starting at 11:00 island time.

The fight for the iQFOiL world title starts tomorrow in Lanzarote

On the beautiful Canary Island of Lanzarote everything is ready for Monday’s start of the iQFOiL World Championships, the first major world championship of an Olympic class to be held in Europe in this 2024 Olympics season. More than 200 athletes from 43 countries on five continents will compete over six days of competition culminating in the title deciding Grand Final on Saturday, February 3 followed by the prize-giving

Olympic sailing classes choose Lanzarote

Lanzarote is getting ready to usher in the Olympic sailing season ahead of what promises to be an exciting, challenging year. Ahead of Paris 2024 nearly half of the Olympic sailing World Championships have chosen Marina Rubicón as their venue.

The wind was there, but it wouldn’t play ball

The sunshine was out and the northerly breeze was blowing, but the direction was all over the place on day seven of the Lanzarote International Regatta. Sailors have come from around the world to train and race out of Marina Rubicón in the south of Lanzarote, but even the most reliable of sailing venues has its ‘off days’

Kiwis lead Nacra 17s, Kantor & Sills top iQFOiL

Tuesday was the start of part 2 of the Lanzarote International Regatta. After two days of the dusty Calima breeze from the Sahara, today the sunshine returned to the Canary Islands, and 10 to 14 knots of wind were blowing for the opening day of Nacra 17 and iQFOiL racing

Two British skiff golds and a Spanish 1-2 in the 470

Winds of 13 to 19 knots for three Medal Races in poor ‘Calima’ visibility. Last gasp victory for Xammar & Brugman in the 470 Victory for Great Britain in men’s and women’s skiff fleets. Four days of Nacra 17 & iQFOiL windsurfer competition start on Tuesday.

Not the Wind, not the Waves, but the Sahara!

Anton Dahlberg & Lovisa Karlsson (SWE) extended their lead in the 470 after winning another big wave, big wind race on day three of the Lanzarote International Regatta. It proved to be the only race of the day, with no competition for the 49er or 49erFX fleets.

“Defo the Biggest Wave of My Life!”

Big wind and huge, steep swell set a massive physical challenge for the three Olympic fleets on day two of the Lanzarote International Regatta in the Canary Islands.

Lanzarote ready to test top Olympians

More than 360 of the world’s best sailors are ready to compete at the Lanzarote International Regatta, which takes place in the south of the Canary Island from 9 to 17 February

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